Posted by: Audrey Thompson14 JUL 2014
We opened our doors for business right on schedule at 9am on 13th July. Everyone had arrived bright and early, eager to get started. Or, like me, completely unable to sleep. Being early did have one unexpected benefit since I bumped into a former colleague who is working in the gym and I had plenty of time for chat.
It is great to see athletes wandering around the village and interestsing to look at the team colours and try to guess which team people are from. Black for New Zealand, white with a maple leaf for Canada and of course Team Scotland easily spotted in blue. I guess many others will be tricky.
One of our main early tasks is the distribution of BNFs, prescription pads, medical handbooks, pharmacy guide and information on drugs in sport to the team doctors. Our first arrival was Team Wales at 9.04am. That made the induction for the new starts easy! As the old saying goes; see one, do one, teach one. The team were then happy dealing with the other doctors who arrived.
Our first prescription was before 10am, so again an early chance to demonstrate the dispensing software and check that all the data on patients had been correctly uploaded.
Not surprisingly, the afternoon shift were also raring to go and thankfully, security check was straightforward without much delay, so time for a quick wander around the village before induction started. We also had a visit from Carole Hunter, doping control officer and the local specialist pharmacist in substance misuse. It sounds like they have some tough shifts coming; we close at 11pm, her shift didn’t finish until 1.30am!
Here’s the full team that were in the pharmacy on day 1: Mark Stuart (also has a role as deputy Polyclinic manager), Dorothy Gillespie, Audrey Thompson, Mel Snelling, Evelyn Liddell, Julie Pascoe, Fay Hartley and Adrian Mackenzie. We look forward to welcoming the rest of the team soon.
Source: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games